CAP­I­TAL PINT

For beer en­thu­si­asts — and those who love them — Jor­dan Duff sug­gests brews, but­tons, books, and more that cel­e­brate the boom­ing craft beer scene Beer Book

Ottawa Magazine - - WINTER 2018 - BY JOR­DAN DUFF

Great gifts for beer lovers

Beer Koozie

BruMate’s Hop­su­la­tor is a tech­no­log­i­cally su­pe­rior beer koozie that keeps beer 20 times colder than the aver­age koozie. It’s also built to en­velop both the tall cans and the 355-mL sil­ver bul­lets. $17. brumate.com

Beer Club

Ev­ery­one loves to get mail, and by sign­ing up to Brew Box, sub­scribers re­ceive a cu­rated ship­ment of On­tario craft beer de­liv­ered to their door monthly. It’s like Columbia House but bet­ter. Pack­ages vary from $74 to $744. brew­clubs.the­brew­box.ca

Beer Toque

Head­ware from Beau’s brew­ery is ubiq­ui­tous among Ot­tawa res­i­dents: it seems ev­ery­one has a Beau’s trucker cap. For colder weather, trade in that cap for their retro pom­pomed toques, which cel­e­brate their Van­kleek Hill home. $25. beaus.ca

Beer Flair

Kitch­ener-based graphic artist Jon John­son has done fan­tas­tic de­sign work for the beer in­dus­try — ev­i­dent, once more, in his “Drink Lo­cal” and “Growler” pins, which can dress up your jacket with beery flair. $10. bear­face.ca Au­thors Robin LeBlanc and Jor­dan St. John are back for a sec­ond round of cov­er­ing the prov­ince’s beer in­dus­try. The pair have con­densed their im­pres­sive knowl­edge and pas­sion for the brew­ing scene into a di­gestible ref­er­ence book: The On­tario Craft Beer Guide, Sec­ond Edi­tion. The duo vis­ited and sam­pled beers from ev­ery brew­ery in On­tario and, as such, their guide pro­vides a quick sum­mary of our lo­cal brew­eries and their flag­ship beers. $15.

Beer Caddy

Lo­cal ar­ti­san Wil­boro pro­vides a fancy al­ter­na­tive to the shop­ping bag typ­i­cally used to trans­port beer. Ar­rive at the party in style with their leather beer caddy. Avail­able in a va­ri­ety of colours. $85. mak­er­house.com

Beer Back­pack­ing

The Stan­ley Vac­uum Growler is per­fect for the home­brew­ers in your life who also like to take their brews wher­ever they go. This stain­lesssteel growler has a leak-proof lid and is dou­bl­e­vac­uum-walled to en­sure that 1.9 litres of beer stays cold for 16 hours. Weigh­ing in at 1.18 kg, it’s light­weight enough for hikes and other ad­ven­tures. $72. mec.ca

Beer Crush

This gift is a lit­tle out­side the (blue) box, but as a fan of canned beer, I of­ten find my re­cy­cling bin em­bar­rass­ingly over­flow­ing. A Star­frit Can Crusher helps re­duce the space in your blue bin oc­cu­pied by empty beer cans. Plus, it’s fun to crush cans! $20.

Beer Mitt

When keep­ing your beer cool is less con­cern­ing than en­sur­ing your ex­trem­i­ties don’t freeze, it’s time to don the Cozy Cana­dian Beer Mitt. This sin­gu­lar mit­ten is de­signed to keep your beer­han­dling hand warm while your brew stays cold. Great for out­door-sports spec­tat­ing or just win­ter im­bib­ing. $17, or $25 with a match­ing reg­u­lar mitt.

Beer Sweaters

Do­min­ion City brew­ery has teamed up with Mut­ton­head Ap­parel of Toronto to cre­ate a line of lim­ited-edi­tion sweaters. De­signed to be gen­der-neu­tral in fit, the sweaters, which are man­u­fac­tured in Canada, fea­ture a retro-Cana­di­ana aes­thetic and Do­min­ion’s tri-leaf logo. To cel­e­brate the prod­uct’s launch, Do­min­ion City will be re­leas­ing a spe­cial hazy pale ale in De­cem­ber. $135.

Beer Tour

Brew Don­key has been tour­ing visi­tors and lo­cals to the re­gion’s brew­eries for years in a school bus. Tours visit three to five brew­eries and can in­clude stops at events, ed­u­ca­tional talks, food and — im­por­tantly — beer sam­ples. Added bonus of th­ese fun and ed­u­ca­tional tours: some­one else drives! Tours range from $72 to $99.

Beer Stemware

A state­ment piece for the beer afi­cionado, the Teku Glass is a wine­glass de­signed for beer (it’s a Euro­pean thing). The stem keeps the beer cool and away from sweaty palms, while its form ac­cen­tu­ates the aro­mat­ics and its el­e­gant lines con­firm to oth­ers that you’re so­phis­ti­cated. US$13.

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